Breaking Dawn's Half-Billion, and 6 Other Stories You'll Be Talking About Today

Happy Wednesday! Also in today's edition of The Broadsheet: Another Hollywood hack bellies up to the Natalie Wood-mystery gravy train... Gary Busey uncorks one of his better one-liners... The Raid is coming to America... The growing cult of Shame... and more.

· Fact: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 broke $500 million in worldwide grosses in 12 days. I know what you're thinking: "This is not a story I'll be talking about today. What makes you think that, Movieline?" Honestly, I don't know. I just figured since I'm citing it in my suicide note that you might mention it in yours as well. [Deadline]

· The director of an unreleased movie co-starring Robert Wagner and Christopher Walken -- Natalie Wood's shipmates the night she mysteriously drowned 30 years ago -- says it's nearing a distribution deal after years in the can. But never mind those guys (who don't even share a scene together) -- Life's a Beach also features Morgan Fairchild and Rutger Hauer! I'll bet you can see my hard-on from space. [FishbowlLA via THR]

· The Raid, director Gareth Evans's punishingly violent action-thriller that was the toast of Toronto's Midnight Madness section this year, has settled at Sony Pictures Classics. It will likely come to American theaters some time early next year. [Deadline]

· Gary Busey of all people really knows how to put the UK in its place: "You guys don't have guns -- you have sticks and dragons." Well, and knives. And broken glasses, I guess.


· Glenn Kenny on Michael Fassbender: "I've said it before, but I think he's the best lead actor to emerge in English-language cinema in the past ten years, and I can't wait to see what he'll do next." [Some Came Running]

· And not to be outdone, Ray Pride on Fassbender's character in Shame: "Every social grace, every touch toward intimacy, alarms Brandon. His date asks, 'What's your longest relationship' as we hear the suck sound of a wine cork as it's pulled, she pulls a face, wrinkles her nose, we hear the wine slop into a glass: it's the contortions of Brandon's insides, as well." [Newcity]

· Is Hugo "fundamentally dishonest about how World War I and the traumas of modern reality overrode audience's capacity for 'magic,' thus ruining [Georges] Melies' career"? Maybe! Discuss! [The eXiled]


  • Andrew says:

    They're trying way to hard to sell the idea of Twilight as a record breaker. They released it on over 4,000 screens domestically and opened it simultaneously in every other country in the yeah, it's going to make money quickly.
    You look at Harry Potter's foreign release dates and it's all over the place. It was playing in half as many foreign markets when IT hit 200 million foreign.
    Tintin's already made over 200 million in overseas BO and it's playing in half as many countries as Breaking Dawn as well.